Monday, March 30, 2009

First Wave

My stomach is literally curling up with excitement. In like 2 minutes (when Prodigy goes off) they'll be announcing the Leeds and Reading headliners.


KINGS OF LEON AND RADIOHEAD! Oh and Arctic Monkeys too but no one gives a shit about them. Radiohead! Ha ha ha, my brother is gonna be green with envy!

Zane Lowe is so naughty! He announces the headliners (um, which ROCK) and then leaves us all hanging! Dammnit, I need to know more bands!

Wait, wait, wait! We have more bands!!! Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, Deftones, Bloc Party, PLACEBO, Maximo Park, Deftones, Friendly Fires, AFI and The Maccabees! All in all I am one happy girl!

I mean, Placebo! They are hands down ones of the best bands I've ever seen. Kings of Leon should've headlined last year anyway. And Radiohead are music legends, how often do you get to see a band like them? Plus I am amongst the masses that loved 'In Rainbows'.

Honestly, 'my' festival gets announced in the coming months. I am really about the smaller acts, my festival is in the afternoon. But that's not to say I won't see any headliners. I am so there for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Placebo, so there.

Got our hotel room booked, our tickets booked. All that's left is to do some research (like get Radiohead's entire back catalogue) kick back and wait for the next wave of bands to be announced.

To anyone after tickets, I wish you good luck. They are worth refreshing a million times. They are worth selling a kidney. They are worth their weight in gold.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

No Cars Go

Does anyone else feel like they're being totally duped out of an hour of perfectly good sleep?

Today was one of those days where you're just not expecting much and the day totally surprises you. I just love that. I spent way too much money in my favourite city and then retired to Toni and Kyle's crib (they're so nice for just having us over like all the time. I really hope we're not a huge pain in the ass) and made nest cakes!
And I had like the best fish and chips ever. I know that food doesn't make you happy, but this was pretty darn good.
So sleepy.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


So, we're less than a week away from the Leeds Line-Up (or at least the top end of it) being announced. High time for mine and Cal's annual wager. This year I'm not gonna include the three headliners cause, due to very strong rumours, thats just too easy :P

My ten bands predicted to be on the Leeds 09 bill (across stages):

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs (only 2 weeks till their new album hits the shelves and they love the Festivals)
2. Frank Turner (his new album is out October and he has a special place in his heart for Leeds and Reading)
3. Prodigy (this is a long shot, but they'd easily be allowed to headline a tent, if not second to a headliner on the main stage)
4. All-American Rejects (another long shot, but they've played before)
5. Doves (if not them then...)
6. Elbow
7. Franz Ferdinand (I hope, I hope, I hope...)
8. Noah and the Whale (another logical strong possibility)
9. Weezer (TOTAL wishful thinking but it could happen)
10. Emmy The Great (I'd actually put money on this one)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Everyone in the blogger universe seems to be feeling pretty blue lately. It feels like November all over again. And I'm the same as everyone, struggling to turn that frown upside down.

Last wednesday me and my mates sat around and watched Russell Howard's live DVD. And it was exactly what I needed - a bit of a reality check. It was refreshing and hilarious and so, so sincere.

At one point Russell listed the things worth living for in this world. I tried to find a clip on youtube for you all but I totally failed. My favourite thing off Russell's list was radiator pants (for me it's radiator pjs, nothing nicer when it's winter than to change into preheated jammies!). Funny as it was, Russell had a point. Fuck love and goodness and all that big stuff. What makes life worth living to me is all those wonderful, small things.

I feel a list coming on.

Karen and Norman's List of Little Things Worth Living For:

- When you have a huge piece of gossip that you can't wait to tell your mates
- The first brew of the morning
- When it starts raining the second you got home
- Unexpected hugs
- Twilight
- Cereal at night
- Talking shit with your friends at one am (or later)
- Getting a strike when you go bowling
- Chance meetings
- Waking up before you have to and then getting to go back to sleep
- The smell of popcorn when you're at the cinema
- Songs that make your hair stand on end they're so good
- Being proven right :)
- That amazing smell when it rains on a hot day
- Lasagne and chips followed by a raspberry muffin at gemini
- Laughing
- Dancing when no one else is watching
- Boys with long hair

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Okay, so all has been a bit quiet on the Twilight front. So I thought I'd make an announcement: I AM NOW TEAM SETH!

Not, obviously, in a Seth-is-so-hot kinda way. Ew, I'm not a fictional cradle snatcher. I just disagree with how you have to be one or the other, Edward or Jacob. I love Edward, really, I do. But he's far, far too nice to ever be considered my type.

I hate Jacob. I really, really do. And my Emmett fangirl status remains strong. But Emmett wouldn't classify as my type either.

Honestly, when I read Eclipse I was kind of taken with Seth. Breaking Dawn just made me adore him. I mean, he's sweet, brave, occasionally cheeky, funny and determined. What - a - DUDE!

Other than changing my allegiance (although I'm still obviously Edward all the way. duh.), I finally pre-ordered the DVD. This will save me making an emergency run to HMV the day it comes out plus I was smart enough to shop around so I get some exclusive Twilight postcards courtesy of

The thing is, I was just about to pay for my DVD when made me an offer it was very difficult to refuse. 15% off Twilight jewellery. I really loved the idea of the Cullen Crest jewellery and have a real soft spot for Esme's bracelet. But I was strong! I resisted!

Until it then offered me 15% off a t-shirt.

I crumbled like a digestive dunked in a cup of tea.

You like? It was either that or Team Jacob. Unfortunately, no team Seth :(

Besides that, my only other Twilight news is a possible sighting of RPATTZ! Not by me, sadly. Apparently (and I say that because I can't verify this, I'm hardly the press) he's dating a third year at Oxford. And one of Vic's flatmates saw him. Rpattz! In the flesh! Wow!

If you did one of those people chains, I wonder how far I, best friend of a genius at Magdalen College, would be from RPattz, dating a third year at the same college? Nice to know that the dude is going out with someone:

a) Clever
b) English

Hats off to you Rpattz, we English have standards.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Funny isn't it, the way that alcohol can get you talking? Kind of like it oils the the rusty hinges that have kept your mouth clamped shut for so long. And I remember it all, every thing that I happened to say. It was like being locked in a cage and having to watch myself throw away things that I've cradled against my heart for so long.

So now you know. Thats why I don't get drunk. Cause drinking makes me tell the truth

Now skunk, that's a totally different matter. You smoke a spliff and it's just like all your muscles and organs just chill. Especially your brain and your eyes. You're still totally in the driving seat, but you're letting the car idle for once.

Plus it doesn't give you a hangover. Not that I was hungover. The birthday boy sure as hell was. Poor thing. He kept apologising and I'm sure when he's feeling better he'll carry on apologising. That's just Dan for you.

By the way, I'm not advocating drinking or smoking. Just say no kids. Stay clean; it really isn't worth it.

Anyway, I was very honest last night with relative strangers (most of Dan's friends were so nice and welcoming! I feel a special mention must go to Nikki, Anna and Simon who all made a real effort to make me and Vic feel very welcome) so now I probably owe you guys some honesty. I'm in a bit of mourning right now. I am the girl who lost her lucky bracelet, but found a pretty scarf, a lucky penny and a lost fountain pen whilst searching for said bracelet. My trust once lost can often be lost forever. As my beloved Reuben would say, if you hurt me, I will hate you. It's just as simple as that.

I sound like a broken record. I'm even sick of hearing myself talking and thinking and writing about this. Well that's it, your final mention. Fuck the stupid bracelet, I've got a scarf and a penny and a pen. I'm so lucky.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Everybody Needs Somebody To Lean On

I don't make many appeals here on my piece of the interweb. But lately, something has come to my attention and I simply cannot just stand by and watch idly!

We all need a friend in this world. Someone to depend on, someone to laugh with, cry with, (but not sleep with). What is the point of this wretched, cruel world without the pieces of happiness our friends provide us with?


So I'm speaking out on behalf of someone who cannot speak for himself (probably because he doesn't know me!), after all, everyone needs a friend (and Seb Zealand - under cover super hero - is no exception!).

If you believe that everyone deserves someone, petition Danny Weldon to reach out to those who need him more than ever!

Thank you...

(To anyone thinking I've lost my mind completely, this is just a bit of fun. An in joke shall we say. But it will really bug Danny so it's all in the spirit of entertainment!)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


So I've become rather OCD about my iTunes. It's bad enough that I am addicted to playlists (as in I have 43), but now I've become rather obsessed with playcount.

I blame myself really. I made a Smart Playlist made up of 100 songs that have yet to reach playcount of 1. Of course, it would make sense that any new music I import would go onto the 100 Least Played playlist, therefore making the playlist quite practical. However, now I've started some weird mission to completely empty the playlist. I even have an emotional justification behind it: I don't want any of my music to feel unloved.

Am I crazy?

I'm crazy, aren't I? Damn you iTunes.

Saturday, March 14, 2009



Friday, March 13, 2009

The Look Of Longing

I'd like to be pushed around in a trolley. No seriously, how hard is it to just say that?


So last night I went with the crew to check out what all the fuss about this Stevenson fellow is. I'm a music nazi after all, I have to hear something first-hand. And okay, someone (no names, no names!) might have slightly exaggerated about how talented he was (next Bob Dylan?! WTF? And why would anyone actually want that?) but it turned out he was pretty damn good. Still, I have a soft spot for accoustic sets (I assume I don't have to explain why).

What a relief. Now I don't have to be taken out and shot by his legion of fans.

Ohmygosh, I'm now a baking extraordinare! I have finally perfected my cookie making method to produce the worlds most magnificent batch of rainbow cookies ever! Just look at them! They're all cookie shaped and yummy!

I'm moving on from cookies now. But I'll be baking for Sunday's get together (even though Vic won't sample my efforts anyway).

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Been filming and capturing everything. I can't wait to make another video, even if it is just of me and my friends doing silly things.

I'm in way over my head. I'm writing pretty words. I'm wide awake at 4am. I have talked and talked and got nowhere.

I'm nowhere.

(Toni has my diary so you guys are stuck with my early morning ramblings.)

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Defying Gravity?

Yep, today was Wicked.

I won't really bore you with the details. I've been in a weird mood all day and all I really want to do is cuddle up with my journal and write my way through the puzzle of what I'm feeling.

At least Skinny was there so it wasn't like I could revert completely into my shell. Thanks Skinny!

Tomorrow I return to my beloved Manchester for a beloved Noah and the Whale gig with my beloved friends. Perhaps I'll expand some more then, perhaps.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

If you're all about the destination...

(...then take a fucking flight!)

I am working girl right now. Which isn't always so bad. At work I'm useful and appreciated and people make me laugh.

Tomorrow I'm off to Oxford which is super exciting. I love being able to say, oh yeah, I've been to Oxford Uni. It's even cooler saying that my best friend goes there. But being able to say that comes at the price of her being so far away which really, really sucks.

I'm hoping we'll go to Camden. I'm hoping I'll be able to sleep a bit better this time. I'm hoping it won't snow (snowed here yesterday. Weird huh?)

Booked tickets for Frank Turner this morning. Booked tickets for Frank Turner last week. That's right, I'm guaranteed to see Frank Turner TWICE this year.

Gig Count So Far:

1. Emmy the Great in February
2. Noah and The Whale (on Sunday!)
3. Frank Turner in April (in Oxford)
4. Scott Matthews in May
5. Kings of Leon in June
6. Frank Turner in October (with Dan and Maiden!)

No doubt in between all those I'll finally manage to drag Mikey to a gig or Skinny will miss me so much that she'll be forced to lure me back to Keele with promises of a gig. Or someone amazing will happen to only be playing in Oxford and I'll beg Vic to let me crash on her floor.

I'll blog from Oxford! Promises!

Monday, March 02, 2009

University Challenge


(Okay, you can breathe now Vic.)

Yes, tis true Manchester are now the official University Challenge winners of 2008 since Oxford's Corpus Christi team were found to be fielding a postgraduate who was working as an accountant.

Cheating southern arseholes.

This makes me giggle since Manchester don't usually do that well in the ole UC anyway. I mean, it would have been nice to win it fair and square but beggars can't be choosers.

(Just had to blog about this!)

Sunday, March 01, 2009

The Plan

Okay, so the plan was to not blog for a few days once Nablopomo was finished. You know, to fool you guys into believing I might have a life.

But then I started watching Gossip Girl.

Gossip Girl has been hanging around in my DVD cupboard since Christmas. The premise was this: I love Dawsons Creek, I love teen books, I love Blake Lively therefore I must love Gossip Girl (this was Alee's logic, not mine).

And dammnit, I do.

Kirsty and I went watching 'Push' on Friday. Let it be known that I can't stand Chris Evans, but I happen to love Camilla Belle and actually quite like Dakota Fanning too. Regardless, the film totally blew me away. It was complex and dark and beautiful and gritty simultaneously.

Tonight we're off to watch 'Confessions of a Shopaholic' which, of course, can only possibly deliver so far. But Hugh Dancy is sooooo fine (and engaged to Claire Danes! Can you say cutest couple ever?) so I'm in.

Thanks for all the comment love over the vid. It took me ages and much hair was pulled out over it but it was fun and I may consider trying my hand at it again.